IBM has continued its aggressive march in application servers by announcing plans to incorporate support for the Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) specification in its WebSphere line by the first quarter of 1999.
Set to go into beta testing by the end of this year, the WebSphere Application Server, Advanced Edition, will let users build applications that tap into a broad range of IBM and non-IBM hosts including CICS, IMS, MQSeries, and SAP.
The forthcoming product will also run across clustered servers.
With Advanced Edition, users who employ only IBM's servlets or Java server-based applets can create fully formed server-based applications for electronic commerce, company officials said.
"What this says is not only do users get a library of systems services that are JavaBeans so they can add to the programs they are developing, but they can also write these components themselves and put them in their library," said John Thompson, senior vice president and group executive of IBM's Software Group. "They could construct an entire system from components."
The first major wave of EJB and Java-based services will emerge in the next six months, Thompson predicted.
IBM has also further extended the scope of its WebSphere family of application servers, announcing that line would now include links to the company's TXSeries, Net.Commerce, and Component Broker products. The newly expanded line will continue to work in concert with Lotus Domino to form IBM's fundamental Web strategy.